Uppsala University was established in 1477 and is the oldest university in Scandinavia. In a recent ranking, Uppsala ranked 59th among 2000 universities examined worldwide. The university currently has almost 40,000 students enrolled and offers a wide range of subject areas. Sweden is a beautiful country that has much to offer students interested in studying there. The landscape is extremely diverse and includes many forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains. There are also thousands of islands off the immense Swedish coastline, adding to the country's character and charm. Industry and commerce have been active in Uppsala since the Viking era. With an educated workforce and good communications, Uppsala is still an industrial and commercial center today.
Uppsala University offers many resources to students. The university library, Carolina Rediviva, is one of Scandinavia's most extensive and best-equipped libraries. There are also student unions in place at the university that will assist students in dealing with educational, financial, health care, housing and recreational matters. There is a small charge for their services that all students are required to pay. Because of Uppsala's beautiful surroundings, there are many outdoor activities available such as swimming, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, hiking, and canoeing.
Uppsala is a historic city offering many opportunities to experience culture and inspiration. Some of the city's attractions include castles, ancient burial fields, galleries, museums, gardens, and historic churches. As Sweden's fourth largest municipality, Uppsala has the charm of a small town while offering the advantages of a big city. Old Uppsala is a historical center and one of the most remarkable and legendary monuments in all of Scandinavia. Here students can explore traces of Sweden's past, as this is the site where sacrificial rites were performed to appease ancient pagan kings. Other notable landmarks in Uppsala include the large cathedral, Domkyrkan, and the castle, Slottet.
Fall: early September - late December
Spring: mid January - early June
Recommended to go in January for orientations and selection of the student "nation". Housing is a problem for short-term (1 study period) studies and can add much cost; so a full semester is recommended
All are in English. There are only 4-5 courses to choose from in any given study period.
All business courses are in English. Opportunity to take beginner's Swedish language courses for free- it runs the entire university semester. Swedes speak very good English.
Credit Conversions & Grading
Minimum Credit Requirements
Minimum 2 courses (equivalent to 8 UF credits) per study period. 2 study periods= 1 full study semester.
$1100-$1200 per month.
Uppsala is responsible for finding accommodation for all exchange students- you must apply for housing as soon as possible. Students going for just one study period generally stay at the Basic Hotel. The dorm is lots of fun but you typically need to go in January and stay the full term to get this, unless it is operating below capacity.
Uppsala is located on a main rail line that connects the city with the rest of Sweden. The capital city of Stockholm can be reached in 40 minutes by train. There is an international airport located halfway between Uppsala and Stockholm, which makes other destinations throughout Europe easily accessible. The nearest seaports are located in Stockholm, Kapellskar, and Hargshamn, which provide connections to Finland, Russia, and the Baltic States.